This week: Introduction to the Podcast
This morning I was paid a visit by BBC Radio Leicester roving reporter Helen who had a few questions for me about our trip to Lake Baikal next March.
Following on from my previous post on an excerpt from Maurice Herzog’s ‘Annapaurna’, I thought I would share with you another short but interesting musing, this time on the motivations for going on adventures and how they are portrayed/sold by those that go on them.
I started this blog a couple of years ago to document my journey on learning how to operate outdoors in cold places. I took an important step in April of this year by heading out to Norway for a solo trip. This article published in Adventure Magazine NZ recounts my experiences of that short cold journey. Enjoy.
Last weekend I picked up a second hand (1954) copy of Annapurna by Maurice Herzog. For the uninitiated, this recounts the first successful summit of an 8000m peak, Annapurna 1, by a stellar French team in June of 1950. The book has gone on to sell over 15 million copies and is believed to be the best-selling mountaineering book in history.
Over the past two years of learning how to operate in cold environments I’ve talked to, emailed and telephoned polar adventurers and guides from around the globe to get their advice on clothing. In addition I’ve tested my own kit combinations on two trips to the colder parts of Norway.
Last month I was lucky enough to travel to Victoria (British Columbia), to attend and present at the annual meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Despite common misconceptions, academics do have to work hard to create such opportunities, but when they do arise we have it good. Indeed beside work, it was also a chance to squeeze in a ‘micro adventure’ and catch up with an old friend.